tv Sen. Collins Reps. Hoyer Schiff CSPAN January 31, 2018 10:58am-11:57am EST
at 5:30 p.m. eastern. tonight, vermont independent senator bernie sanders and former presidential candidate leads a group of climate activists in calling on the trump administration to adapt tougher policies and climate change and the fossil fuel industry. it's being billed as a climate state of the union and we will have a live for you from george washington university at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span. later today, the vice president will speak at the republican retreat and we will have that p.m. on her at 7:15 companion network, c-span2. this morning, the morning after the state of the union, mike allen spoke with a number of congressional members, members of congress about last night's speech. susan collins, house democratic web -- with the steny hoyer and the ranking member adam schiff offered their thoughts.
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all of you for being here. we will start with her three guests. our first guest this >> our first guest today, representative from the fifth district of prince george's hoyer. congressman steny what an honor. we were just talking about sen. collins: stage. this is the first time the president has ever -- he was the director of clapping. he leaves the clapping. he ought to have an applause sign. he got the reaction he wanted
but it was i thought a disappointing speech. it was billed as a bipartisan bring us together speech. for the first quarter that was true. then it turned pretty dark. the president said he wanted to make us safer, stronger, prouder. i am not sure he has accomplished any of those things in the world or in our country. he has spent most of last year, almost all of the last year, doing two things. trying to repeal the affordable care act and pass a tax bill that we think does not really help the middle class working people of this country and will pass a credit card debt along to our children. for thegh talk, a call new york times headline, fuel for unity in the state of the
union. is it a more positive tone? >> it was a more positive tone at the beginning. it turned dark at the end. >> who was he talking to at the end? >> his talking points in the .eginning, his base at the end i think he was trying to cover himself. the positive was immigration reform. covering 1.8 million eligibles,s and providing them with a path to citizenship. put ae pointed out he bipartisan proposal to the congress, which i don't think any democrats thought was bipartisan. proposals,ipartisan
,y mr. durbin and mr. graham and hopefully we can pursue those and hopefully his statement about how far he wants to go and who he wants to include will predominate. yesterday,a tweet the memorable line from the , something the president has said before in private. the president said americans are dreamers. you tweeted you have it backwards. rep. hoyer: americans are dreamers, but his comment was we understand you dreamers, many of them came with us. i had a young woman. rep. hoyer: you did a facebook live. quite she was a wonderful 19-year-old who came from el
salvador. she is now in college and wants to be a social worker. delightful young woman. i had nowhere near the poise she had. she is a dreamer. she dreams of making a life here. most came to this country. they dreamed of a better life for themselves and their families. we are dreamers to, of course that is the case. americans have vision. americans have made a great country because of that vision, and willingness to work hard. but the point is, the overwhelming number of americans, almost 90% are saying and identifying these young people who came here through no conscious effort of their own, and our americans in every sense of the world, -- words, dreaming
to makeat they can do their lives better. we thought it was an attempt to diminish their perspective. >> a text i got from someone close to the white house, the houston the credit whip, the message set the tone for the party. party discipline, and a text said democrats are looking angry as the president talks about unity. and bad optics. are you concerned about that? there was some billing and hissing. specifically i think we set there pretty stoically. we think the president's rhetoric does not comport with his actions, with what he has done. he spent most of the year trying to repeal the affordable care act which we think was damaging
to 20 million people, maybe more. the big cheer on their side. repealing the mandate. result in 13 million people not having affordable health care. we do not think that is a chair line. what you saw was a quiet, not happy and disappointed democratic majority on our side. >> very quiet. statement, you said the state of donald trump's presidency may be perilous. what do you mean by that? rep. hoyer: he said stronger, better and safer. and proud. ironically, when he says we are better standing in the world, every polling data in the world shows that is not true and in
fact respect for the united states and confidence has plummeted. that is dangerous not only for the united states but the international community, that they don't think we can -- they can rely on the steady hand of the leader of the free world. in terms of the safer and stronger, you are not stronger if you don't have health care. you are not stronger if you don't have stability in your economy. he vastly overstated the results of his presidency. priorall, for six years to that there was more job growth. when he says it was the greatest economic growth, that is not true. the hispanic and african-american unemployment has gone down but it has been going down for a number of years. as presidents -- president was d by an economy less
than 6% unemployment. as opposed to president obama who inherited an economy in peril. he brought it up and it has continued to go up. is in thell we think long-term going to be detrimental to the economy and certainly in terms of the middle class working people that he talked about as well. those taxes are going to be phased out. you came to college -- congress, you have seen the majority change hands three times. back and forth, and back of forth again. republicans took the majority back in 2010. after going back, what is your
optimism in january 2019 it will be again? rep. hoyer: i think the environment is such that you see it all over the country. you see two phenomena. we have a lot of candidates who want to run. almost 100 districts now. we have good candidates that are all competitive. a large number are competitive. enough to take back the majority. side,, on the republican you see the retirement's in swing districts. republicans decided not to run for reelection. and in elections in virginia and wisconsin, alabama, you see an energy on our side and i think this interest would
overstated, but a lack of enthusiasm on the republican side. you saw significant swings. i see this as being in that context. we are on the upside. the president's popularity is low. historicallythat you see a significant shift of membership in the house of representatives. >> what is the likelihood you get the majority? rep. hoyer: i think it is 90%. i think we are going to pick up 30-plus. which is close to the average turnover in a second-year election of a president. it is not always that way. we need 24. >> you are projecting a good
cushion. >> i am the whip. having six as a cushion is not a good cushion. -- a narrowton more but working majority. >> it depends on where we are six months from now. , youe summer, first of all see people having made up their mind. when you saw the alabama election, the president tried to energize his base to bring somebody who we thought in the majority of alabama's thought was not prepared to be a member of the united states senate. the president urged his election because he needed it. they went to the polls. our base was very energized. it wasn't that trumps people voted for doug jones.
they simply did not come out. i think you are going to see that. >> you think that will happen in the midterms. >> yes. i think he will be a depressed turnout. they are not energized and i think a lot of republicans who are somewhat disappointed with trump not changing. they expected him to be more 0.esidential in the two speeches he has given , he has been presidential because he was locked in to the teleprompter. freewheeling, he has not done well. i have covered you since i was a metro reporter. you have voiced pushed the idea of the government being more efficient and customer friendly. what is the biggest change that
needs to happen in government to be considered customer friendly? >> we need to get technologically more able to communicate, and to be responsive to the public. the public has more information available to them. >> what would be an example? >> the constituents, they have a window on the confrontation. they don't see congress or the government working in a positive fashion. that is not really news. it is working. ok. they need to have greater access. c-span gives them that, gavel to gavel coverage. >> we have c-span with us today. rep. hoyer: but, unfortunately, even that in the house of representatives, there a few
times when there are large members on the floor voting. on the debates, confrontational debates get people to pay attention. ,n terms of just responding having questions, having a problem, having information they want, being able to get that, -- they can can move back-and-forth. we are working to make sure we are more technologically available. >> you have a number of federal workers in your district. how optimistic are you about avoiding a shutdown? rep. hoyer: i hope we do. >> is there any chance? there is always a chance. i don't think we are going to have a shutdown. i think we don't want a
shutdown. >> you learned your lesson? rep. hoyer: you may be right on that and a certain sense. the other sense is, we are a party that things government needs to operate to serve the people. it has been shut down five times consciously over the last 20 years by republicans who have use that as policy. that is not our policy. two majortime, we had things we needed agreement on. we are now a quarter or a third into the fiscal year. we still don't have a single appropriations bill sent to the president to fund any agency of government. not one. that is unprecedented. you have the presidency, the house, and the senate majorities. because replicants have refused to compromise on what the spending number is going to be.
the irony of that is, we have had the same agreement we are asking for the for the last four years. senator murray and speaker ryan agreed the increase in domestic and defense spending would be equal. that is all we have asked for. therefore republicans have been unable to get in the house, they simply roll less. in the senate they need 60 votes and they have been refusing to compromise to move appropriation bills forward. >> you are a big moviegoer. you saw the post, about the pentagon papers. what is the lesson of the post for today's america? rep. hoyer: i thought it was an excellent movie. any movie with meryl streep is excellent. but the messages, and more transparent we are, the better decisions we can make a democracy.
this is a perfect example of where internally there was a lot of consternation and reservation about the vietnam effort. externally, the information is we are succeeding, we are doing well. but the experts did not believe that. have the american public had more information sooner perhaps we would have corrected our actions before we did. >> you have seen it all. thank you for sharing it with us. what a treat. now it is my honor to welcome somebody who played a vital role getting the government restarted recently, consistently ranked as one of the most effective senators, someone that is always
at the top of lists of republicans and people who make things happen, senator susan collins of maine. what an honor. [applause] collins and i often see each other on a thursday night. senator collins, when you get off of the plane, you go to a place most people would call a cab and. -- kevin. --cabin. lake.is on a pristine it is my favorite place in the world, but i have not seen you out kayaking. it is because i'm surfing.
waves.he huge crashing >> what was it like to be in the chamber last night? you have a complicated relationship with this president. sen. collins: it was a fascinating evening. i kept thinking that the speech was so eclectic. on the one hand you heard him pitch for immigration reform, controlling the high cost of prescription drugs, for a brand-new infrastructure package. then you heard him saying we have to crack down on drug dealers, which appeals more to my side of the aisle. then he said he wanted prison reform. he covers a lot of territory. you could not pigeonhole the speech. speech orher liberal
a conservative speech. it was all over the place. >> is president trump growing on you? sen. collins: the president is the president. i accept that. i say that actually in seriousness. difficult has been for many people in this country still a year later to accept that donald trump is our president. he was not my choice for the republican candidate. but i respect the fact that he is the president and i need to work with him. mentioned your common sense coalition helps get the government reopened. it has its roots in 2013. can you tell us literally what it is?
sen. collins: we started when the government was shutdown. it was extremely harmful to the economy. it happened during the peak terrorism season. it had an adverse effect on my constituents. it representative -- it represented the ultimate failure to govern. friday was obvious that we were not going to have the votes to keep government open i reconvened the group. there have been a lot of changes over the years. senators, they showed up in my office in response to my email and the group kept growing. it is now 26 members. we worked night and day.
we met saturday. we met sunday. >> no staff. sen. collins: which was the key to our success. as a former staffer myself. -- are aptapt were to talk more frankly and be more candid if there are not other people in the room. i had to keep feeding girl scout cookies and dunkin donuts coffee and that sort of thing. me threescouts sent boxes. they were so happy about it. >> you tweeted their picture. >> exactly. me, it is encouraging that there is that larger number of senators who are willing to make government work again. that is what we really need to.
>> over the years there are stories about how we have a sudden flexing of the muscles of the center. es --ked up and ask meetings in your office offered a glimpse of how a new senate could break from hyper partisanship in washington. how optimistic are you that we are going to head in that direction? sen. collins: i am encouraged. we are continuing to meet. i can't believe how good the attendance has been, whether we are meeting into the evening or in the morning. people are calling me, wanting to join the effort, like we are the cool club all of a sudden. think thatousness, i is a good sign for our country. we have to get away from hyper partisanship that has led to
gridlock on too many issues and lowered the public confidence in our ability to get anything done. >> the ratings for senate are kind of like ratings for the press. how does leader mcconnell view the efforts of your coalition? sen. collins: he was complementary of the work that we did to reopen the government. in general i don't think leaders on either side of the aisle are particularly enamored by groups that are trying to work out compromises. our approach with the shutdown was to come up with a plan and get it to the leaders, encourage them to take it. we send delegations to mitch mcconnell, to chuck schumer. we got them talking with one another.
for better catalyst working relationships among our leaders. i think that matters. scoutaddition to girl cookies and coffee, you have a talking stick. sen. collins: this is true. heidi of north dakota gave me several years ago when we were negotiating a bill a talking stick. it is beautiful. i used it to control the debate in the room. 20-25 senators sitting around, each thinks that he or she should be the first to speak, and there is a lot of crosstalk. i wanted to make sure in addition to everybody getting an opportunity to speak, everybody listened to one another. i would pass the stick around. believe it or not, it worked.
not using it now that we used it for the shutdown meetings. it did help to ensure everyone had a chance to speak and be heard. >> you got other senators to obey? sen. collins: i do not know if it was so unexpected that i would pull out this stick. but people were respectful of each other's views. >> you talked a lot during the health care debate will what is president trump like behind the scenes? he tends to be gracious and listen. he says that sounds reasonable. sometimes when he talks with his staff afterwards he changes his mind. what is reasonable. we all do that in public life. when we get more information. i have found he has listened to
me on some issues. >> has he grown in office? >> yes. i think all of us grow in office. >> what is one way? sen. collins: he has changed his position on a few issues. he has moderated his position. i don't think his personality has changed. i believe he is still at times reacts to rapidly and i wish he wouldn't do early morning tweets. but it does allow him to reach people directly. i am sure that is what he likes. say hee else would you has room to grow? sen. collins: coming into government, you have to remember this president was the first we
have ever had who had no experience in the military, in government. the learning curve has been steep for anyone who comes in with a business background, without experience in government , or in the military. so, he is still feeling his way as far as understanding how best to interact with congress. and recognizing whose role is what. maine isr collins, trump country. they took a lot of the people in this room by surprise. people didn't really understand what was happening. coming.it help us understand trump country. >> i am from northern maine.
that is definitely trump country. microcosm of the country in many ways. the second district voted for donald trump by 11 votes. the first voted for hillary clinton by 14 votes. is a north, south split. the southern is more prosperous. the northern and western part of the state has been hit so hard by the loss of paper mills and other traditional industries. people used to be able to work for their entire life and have a good pension, a good life. what's happened is those hard-working people through no fault of their own have lost their jobs and often times would has happened, they have gone from being owned by traditional
paper companies to being owned by private equity firms on wall street. often times they have a shorter time frame in their commitment to the area. they are not as involved as owners in the community. community and i think a lot of those people feel betrayed. they work hard and are the best papermakers in the world. and yet, they found themselves losing their jobs. donald trump tapped into that very understandable discontent. his talk on trade, which does not go over well in washington resonates with these individuals. >> they call it the smell of
money. i hear you saying the trump alien nation is unstable. >> it absolutely is. and you had what you thought was a great, secure job, showed up to work every day, raised your family and educated your children, and all of a sudden the sudden, you find out you're out of work, and there are very to help people find themselves in that situation, one thing that has not been talked about by anyone who was in the president's speech last night was an emphasis on workforce training. >> why should people in the room care about the opioid crisis?
>> it is devastating our communities and families in the country. it is particularly a problem in rural states like mine. the night, my guest red state of the union and told me a tragic story of her own son who spent two years in rehabilitation and is still in recovery. doing very well right now, but it cost the family all of the money they had saved for decades for his college education. he is now back in school and doing much better. last night, the woman who lost her child to the opioid crisis. it is everywhere. no family is immune. >> the penultimate question. you are the seniormost woman in the senate this year.
a record number of women ready , itover -- the avengers said first they marched and now they ran. quite clever. how optimistic are you that the women interested in running will translate into actual power over here? candidatesexcellent like -- in arizona, an extraordinary woman of great combo schmidt. the women in the senate spanned the ideological spectrum as you would expect. i always want to push back against that stereotype. we do bring different life experiences to the job. that does matter. when i was first elected in 1997, there were only nine women in the senate and that meant there were not a sufficient number of women to be represented on each committee.
that is just not good. we now have a record high of 22. i will tell you a great fact that when i was elected, i was only the 15th woman in history to be elected in her own right, which boggles my mind. since there were others who into election office. three of those women were from the great state of maine. so we have a great record in my state. >> that is a great impact we have to be super quick about this. i saw a photo on your twitter feed. said you probably stand with former usa gymnastics national team members who showed as they toldurage their personal experience with sexual abuse. >> it was in a moving experience.
for those of us who watched that trial, how could you not be angry and appalled that there who were abused by a horrible monster and the good news is, we have not just talked about the issue, important in and of itself. dianne feinstein led the effort in the senate and introduced a bill to try and prevent anyone from sweeping under the rug allegations of sexual abuse. final passagether by the senate just yesterday and is on the way. the physicians and trainers and anyone who is associated with the amateur athletics organization to report
allegations of sexual abuse within 24 hours. it is powerful. close even more powerful was hearing this story. these very brave young women who and sparked usrd to take action. >> so this is an example of the government can work fast. how big of a difference do you think it will make for young women? a think it sends signals to young women that they do not whento remain silent abused and they will not lose their chance to be in the olympics, which i think a lot of these young girls thought. some were so young, they did not even recognize what was them until they were older. a horrific situation.
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you had your son at the capital last night. what were his impressions inside the chamber? >> my son is 15, the first time i brought him to the state of the union and i wanted to give him a chance to form his own impressions. these are his parents talking -- he has heard his parents talking about the president quite a bit and in fact i remember picking him up at camp over the summer and one of the nice things about camp is you are deprived of all your electronics and during the time he was in the president had called me sleazy and i didn't want him to learn about this from others, i wanted to tell him but my son is like many young boys talk on the outside, maybe not as tough on the inside so i wasn't sure how he was going to react so my wife and i went to pick him up and i said eli, i need to tell you about something thathappened during
camp, it's not a big deal but i want you to know the president called your dad sleazy. and i looked for his reaction and he took a moment to kind of process this , it's notevery day the president of the united states insult your father or maybe it is. and he thinks about it for a moment and then he says , can i call you sleazy? to which i responded , only if you want me to call you sleazy junior. but he is not entirelyfascinating. the spectacle of the state of the union, seeing the president in person, watching the reaction of people around him, these found it totally fascinating. fascinating. found it totally fascinating. >> congressman schiff, where did you think you were going to be at this moment?
>> we were supposed to interview steve bannon today. this is another effort to get answers from mister bannon. that has been postponed and we are setting another date where we hope he will come in and answer questions. >> why was it postponed? >> according to mister bannon's counsel, because they needed more time to work out privileged issues. that may be the case or it may be they didn't want mister bannon's testimony to step on the state of the union. obviously there's close coordination between mister bannon's counseland the white house. in fact, mister bannon's counsel represents several others in the white house including don mcgann so it's never easy to find out what the true motivation is but that was the ostensible motivation. >> and when steve bannon appeared before you, the white house said it was okay for him to talk about the campaign not aboutthe transition for his time in the west wing. will that objection hold? >> no, and this is the dissidence of the white house. you have sarah huckabee sanders
day we are being fully transparent. at the same time you have the white house telling steve barron'slawyer, do not allow steve bannon to answer questions aboutanything that happened during the transition or about anything that happened while he was in the administration and even after he left the administration, there are lots of thingswe don't want him talking about. that's not transparency and is not how privilege works? >> is their legitimate privilege objective to former west wing officials talking about what happened? >> there may be certainly a very limited specific executive privilege that could be claimed as to certain conversations with the president. under certain circumstances. but there is no precedent whatsoever to say this whole period of time is off-limits, you can't talk about it because mister bannon refused to answer. you can't talk about whether you were in a meeting, what you saw, you can't talk about conversations you had with others. and it's never been applied to the transition, so this is a wholly unprecedented and
unsustainable claim of privilege. they will not claim this privilege before the special counsel andthere's also no precedent to say that the privilege exists vis-c-vis congress even if it's waived by special counsel. >> my question on this most important thing. >> steve bannon has a lot to say about the russian investigation. these expressed concerns about money laundering, somethingthat also concerns me a great deal. he described that meeting in trump tower is not only unpatriotic but treasonous. we like to know some of the reasons why he feels this was of bad thing but obviously he could shed a lot of light on everything fromthe events that took place during the campaign. mike flynn'sinteractions with
the russian ambassador and his privateefforts to undermine the sanctions imposed over russia's interference in the election and the false statement that comesout of the administration about that june trump tower meeting. he would probably have like to shed on that as well. >> the president we saw how was the microphone last night saying 100 percent, a republican house member urged him to release acontroversial memo out of your committee about the originsof russian investigation. >> you seen the 3 and a half page classified memo, when it comes out, what is going to be the consequence? be the consequence? to be the consequence? >> it's difficult to say what the consequence is. we know obviously the department of justice and fbi feel this is an ex- ordinarily reckless step to takebecause the information has been vetted. they haven't been able to do
analysis of what the impact sources and methods are and while that analysis is supposed to go on, the president hasn't even read the memo and he's 100 percent certain he's going to release it. >> i can tell you the president feels that the memo indicates hiscontention that the origins of the investigation are tainted. is there anything in this memo that would vindicate the president? >> no, and this is the same president who felt vindicated whenchairman nunez went to the white house to present evidencethat showed a vast unmasking conspiracy in the obamaadministration. the president said literally i feel vindicated or somewhat vindicated and of course there was nothing presented that vindicated him and the material had been obtained from the white house.
now, i'm handicapped fromdiscussing at this point what's in the gop memo, but i think you can probably tell all you need to know about it by the fact that the chairman and even bothered to read the underlying document that characterizes. i made a motion in the committeeto allow the department of justice and fbi to come into our committee to brief members on inaccuracies in the memo, lack of context in the memo, concerns about sources in methods, if it were to be released. on a partyline vote, the gop members voted against being informed of what the context, the underlying documents were which they also haven't read with only one exception so this is not about the facts. this is about a narrative that the chairman wants to put out, a misleading narrative to undermine the fbi, undermine the department and ultimately undermine mueller and the danger in all this is the obvious one of politicizing the intelligence process is that it sends a
message to the white house that you can fire rod rosenstein or fire robert mueller and there are members who are so vested in his presidency that they will roll over. and that will cause a considerable crisis. >> what do you think is the likelihood that bob mueller will be fired? >> i don't know. it obviously was something the president tried to do earlier. if bob mueller gets too close to the president, bob mueller looks at the money laundering issue and that's toothreatening for the president, there's no telling what this president will do. what i'm more worried about at the moment is that he fires rod rosenstein. he knows the blowback that would accompany firing the special counsel though he fires rod rosenstein, puts in his own person then becomes bob mueller'sboss and you say to bob mueller, you can't look into this, you can't look into that,
you need to end your investigation here. >> but that's not going to apply with bob mueller. >> bob mueller will only then have a choice. does he accept these limitations placed on him by the new deputy chief or does heresign? that's not a position the country or bob mueller should be put in. >> it sounds like we are headed towards a constitutional crisis of support. >> i don't know, but i do know that what the house is doing right now, this is more likely not less. at a time when members of congress should be speaking out in both parties and telling the president you need to leave this investigation alone. you already fired the fbi director over russia. you did everything you could to push out the deputy director of the fbi. you have done everything you
could to push out others within the department of justice including our own attorney general. all the russian investigation, you need to back off because if you do this, if you commit your own saturday night massacre, thiswill bring down this administration. >> what do you think the president has 100 percent conflicted in this memo? >> here the chronology. the chairman of the gop announced they were going to release the memo. i should back up. the gop announced they will release this memo to the house. gop members of the committee say don't worry, this isn't going tobecome public, we are not that reckless but they had suggested to the sean hannity's of the world that this is the mostincriminating things and watered it. by the time they put this outthere, they can no longer constrain the forces that havegrown as a result. so the same members said we don't think it would be to make
this public suddenly change their position.now the chairman says we're going to make this public. the fbi director, the fbi and department of justice are not allowed to read this. the fbi director is finally allowed to comment on sunday, the day before they put this out. he raises concern about. on monday he and the deputy attorney general go to the white house and say don't do this. they've already said it would be reckless. the president says 100 percent, i'm doing it. we had even made it but i can tell you 100 percent i'm going to do it.this doesn't surprise anyone about this president. no one had any doubt that the priority here is not national security, not the country, it's not the interest of justice. it's just the naked personal interests of the president. >> last question congressman schiff. on facebook and twitter you googled that you are fully cooperative.
>> i would not say fully cooperative. we are waiting for facebook to produce the advertisements that were redacted. this was committed after we had our hearing and we demonstrated for the first time some of the images that were shared with the american people during the campaign. they made a commitmentwithin weeks to scrub them of identifiable information so we can release them to the public, that has not happened and it's been months so i can't say that they've been fully cooperative. i also asked them to produce a report together about how the russians use these platforms interchangeably and in connection with each other, something that we in congress arenot in the best position to do. >> what is your lever to get them to comply? >> the companies realize that the concerns over the impact of
these technologies are growing. and congressional interest in this is growing. and if they appear reluctant to work with congress, reluctant to cooperate with congress, that's not a good position to be in. i'm a proud californian, i'm round of silicon valley and the contributions that sector has made to our economy that we are recognizing some of the serious abuses of these platforms, unintended consequences of these platforms that need to be addressed. >> thank you very much. congressman adam schiff of california, thank you for joining us. [applause] thank you all for being with us for our state of the union post game. i'd like to thank bank of america for making these conversations possible. staff, around-the-clock and my many other colleagues were here, margaret mitchell and neil
rothschild, many others who are here, grateful to you all and all of you for coming out so early this morning and i look forward to seeing you on axios.com. [applause] >> that event from this morning and the house and senate not in session. republican members are on their way to the republican policy retreat in west virginia. there has been an accident with the train taking members to west virginia. the train, she tweets hit a truck on the way to every treat. sources say, the driver is getting medical attention. kentucky,ers from said -- a doctor is saying we are on her way to the annual gop retreat. injured and those
will have lena keep you updated. pete sessions from texas tweeting -- conferenceto the gop and we are all safe and john from nebraska saying i am on the train and ok. then -- bradley byrne from aabama tweeting there was collision but rebecca and i are both ok. security and doctors on border helping secure the scene. we will keep you posted on any debt update -- updates on this accident just reported. we can tell you vice president pence is scheduled to speak tonight. as far as we know, he is not on the train. he is meeting this hour at the with vice president pence scheduled to meet tonight. live coverage on c-span2. onrsday morning, we are live